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Astronauts Try Mixing Concrete in Space

September 12, 2019

What sounds like a slap-stick comedy shtick is actually solid science. With so much of humanity’s space-faring future…
3D printing shapes building industry, creates rapid construction potential

March 17, 2019

A residential and commercial tower under development in Brooklyn that is changing the New York City skyline has…
Spheres can make concrete leaner, greener

September 27, 2018

Rice University scientists have developed micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the…
Cementless fly ash binder makes concrete ‘green’

June 21, 2018

Rice University engineers have developed a composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants,…
Incorporating Graphene into Concrete makes it Twice as Durable and Four Times More Resistant to Water

April 26, 2018

Researchers at the University of Exeter have recently succeeded in “enriching” one of the oldest building materials —…
Scientists create innovative new ‘green’ concrete using graphene

April 24, 2018

A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the…
Reimagining CO2: UCLA team advances to Carbon XPRIZE finals

April 9, 2018

Working to upend one of the most stalwart of construction materials, a team of UCLA engineers, scientists and…
Neutrons improve weld integrity of underwater wind turbine foundations

October 28, 2017

Massive offshore structures like oil rigs and wind turbines are designed to withstand the myriad punishments oceans tend…
A new type of concrete coating can stabilize buildings against earthquakes

October 11, 2017

Earthquakes can cause a tremendous amount of damage in any modern city. Every time that happens people are…
How acoustics can be an early warning system for bridges

August 10, 2017

Jinying Zhu’s emerging technology is on the ball, off the chain and poised to make bridges safe by…
How seawater strengthens ancient Roman concrete

July 4, 2017

Around A.D. 79, Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote in his Naturalis Historia that concrete structures in harbors,…
Finally a good recycling plan – fibres from used tires may be used to reinforce concrete!

June 15, 2017

Car tire technology leaped so far in the last couple of decades and now they are grippier, more…
Concrete for taller wind turbine towers passes tests, could help expand wind energy nationwide

May 25, 2017

Sri Sritharan called up a digital map of the United States and pointed to a dark blue band…
Move Over, Superman! NIST ‘Spectral Fingerprinting’ Sees Through Concrete to Detect Early Corrosion

April 28, 2017

When you suffer a fall, an on-the-field collision or some other traumatic blow, the first thing the doctor…
Engineers test heated pavement technology at Des Moines International Airport

March 29, 2017

Iowa State University’s Halil Ceylan picked up his smartphone, opened up an app and called up the remote…
Wood ash as a cement replacement reduces CO2 emissions

December 16, 2016

Researchers at DTU Civil Engineering wish to conduct research on the possibility of replacing parts of cement in…
Decoding cement’s shape promises greener concrete

December 8, 2016

Bringing order to disorder is key to making stronger and greener cement, the paste that binds concrete. Scientists…
‘Conductive concrete’ shields electronics from EMP attack

November 15, 2016

An attack via a burst of electromagnetic energy could cripple vital electronic systems, threatening national security and critical…
Cement gets its close-up

October 8, 2016

Rice University scientists working to develop a deeper understanding of the world’s most widely used man-made material, concrete,…
Nothing — and something — give concrete strength, toughness

August 9, 2016

What does one need to strengthen or toughen concrete? A lot of nothing. Or something. The “nothing” is…
Translucent concrete

July 20, 2016

Is it possible to combine the construction benefits of concrete with the desire to get more daylight into…
A Crack in the Mystery of ‘Oobleck’—Friction Thickens Fluids

May 9, 2016

By revealing missing details behind the odd behavior of a science fair favorite—a soupy mixture known as “oobleck”…
Brittle is better for making cement

April 14, 2016

Because concrete, the world’s most-used construction material, is such a major contributor to climate change, it’s worth knowing…
De-icing concrete could improve roadway safety, guard against corporate espionage

January 22, 2016

A 200-square-foot slab of seemingly ordinary concrete sits just outside the Peter Kiewit Institute as snowflakes begin parachuting…
UK’s first trial of self-healing concrete

October 29, 2015

The first major trial of self-healing concrete in the UK, led by a team of researchers from the…
Projects seek concrete solutions to global warming

August 24, 2015

When it comes to global warming, most people worry about power plants. Claire White thinks about another kind of…
Illuminating concrete

June 25, 2015

A new technology combining the robust properties of concrete with LED and the diversifying applications of optical fibres…
Concrete solutions to aging bridges

February 23, 2015

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), this state leads the nation in the number of bridges…
Back to the Future with Roman Architectural Concrete

December 16, 2014

No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets, the Colosseum, or the…
Engineering students challenged with building concrete canoe

April 7, 2014

Building a concrete canoe might seem counterintuitive. But the Concrete Canoe Competition between college engineering teams is a…
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